Couscous cake

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Yields1 Serving
 150g hazelnuts 720ml apple juice 2 apples (peeled and grated) 90g sultanas 275g wholemeal couscous 1 tbsp orange rind ½ tsp cinnamon 190g dried apricots 1-2 tbsp water
1

Toast the hazelnuts gently in a dry frying pan until they give off a beautiful aroma, then chop them finely.

 

2

Bring the apple juice to boil and add the grated apples, a pinch of sea salt, sultanas and most of the nuts. Simmer for approximately 10 minutes.

3

Add the couscous and continue to simmer for 2-3 minutes.

4

Add the orange rind and cinnamon, turn off the heat and allow to stand for 5 minutes, covered.

5

Spoon the couscous mixture into a flan dish and press down firmly. Leave to cool and chill in the fridge overnight.

6

Chop the apricots into small pieces and cook slowly with the water and a pinch of sea salt for 20 minutes or until soft, then mash or blend to a purée.

7

Turn the couscous cake out onto a plate and spread the apricot purée on top. Garnish with the remaining nuts and serve.

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Ingredients

 150g hazelnuts 720ml apple juice 2 apples (peeled and grated) 90g sultanas 275g wholemeal couscous 1 tbsp orange rind ½ tsp cinnamon 190g dried apricots 1-2 tbsp water

Directions

1

Toast the hazelnuts gently in a dry frying pan until they give off a beautiful aroma, then chop them finely.

 

2

Bring the apple juice to boil and add the grated apples, a pinch of sea salt, sultanas and most of the nuts. Simmer for approximately 10 minutes.

3

Add the couscous and continue to simmer for 2-3 minutes.

4

Add the orange rind and cinnamon, turn off the heat and allow to stand for 5 minutes, covered.

5

Spoon the couscous mixture into a flan dish and press down firmly. Leave to cool and chill in the fridge overnight.

6

Chop the apricots into small pieces and cook slowly with the water and a pinch of sea salt for 20 minutes or until soft, then mash or blend to a purée.

7

Turn the couscous cake out onto a plate and spread the apricot purée on top. Garnish with the remaining nuts and serve.

Couscous cake